Making New Friends - Augusta Style

Author: Stuart Rayburn

Published: February 08, 2019

Moving to a new city can be difficult. There is so much to do – finding a place to live, hooking up utilities, getting acclimated in your new job and more. Then at night, when everything settles down, you may find yourself alone with little to do. If you are ready to get out there and meet some new friends, here are some helpful hints to get you started.

Some places to meet new friends are better than others. The more of the following that apply the better:

  • It’s somewhere where the situation breaks the ice for people and naturally gives them reasons to talk to each other.
  • It allows you to reliably see the same people several times, so you have a chance to get comfortable with them and gradually get to know them.
  • It allows you to meet people who are similar to you, in terms of your hobbies and values.
  • It’s somewhere where the situation breaks the ice for people and naturally gives them reasons to talk to each other.

Don’t forget to bring your good attitude. One has to be open and pleasant. You want to encourage other people to want to be around you, so there is little room for negativity or being exclusive or stand-offish. Just relax, go with the flow, and enjoy yourself.

Some ways to be relaxed and enjoy yourself are to find groups of people who like to do what you do. Here is a list of things available to do around Greater Augusta.

1. Attend a Meetup Group.:Try Our local group is amazing!

2. Join a Sports League. Visit It’s a local sports club that offers adult kickball and such. Tell Keith I sent you.

3. Join a Gym. We like the KROC Center. It’s new and has a lot more to offer than just working out.

4. Volunteer. Find a favorite charity online and get involved.

5. Join a Book Club. Buy your books from David at the Book Tavern Downtown on Broad Street. He is a great conversationalist. Plus, it is a locally owned store in a cool part of town.

6. Visit or Join a Church. There are lots of opportunities here if you are so inclined.

7. Take a Class. There are many offerings in Greater Augusta, here are just a few suggestions:

  • On the Wheel throwing class at Tire City
  • Cooking Class at Fireside Grills or Very Vera
  • A Continuing Education Class at Augusta University

8. Join Toast Masters.

9. Go to a Museum Event. Look up the Morris Museum of Art, Getrude Herbert, Augusta Museum of History, the Signal Corp Museum at Fort Gordon, the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem. The talks are fascinating and the people are interesting.

10. Attend a Non-Profit Function. There are many yearly fun- draisers around town that are full of interesting and engaged people. Look up the Morris Museum, The Gertrude Herbert Museum, Sacred Heart, Phinizy Swamp, or Daniel Field to find events to attend and opportunities to volunteer. There are many more opportunities out there than are listed here.

11. Take a Sailing Lesson at the Augusta Sailing Club up at Clarks Hill (AKA “The Lake” or Lake Thurmond)

12. Learn to Fly a Plane at Daniel Field Airport.

13. Take Scuba Lessons

14. Learn to Play an Instrument.

15. Join a Biking Club. They run out of Outspokin and Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Center.

16. Take a Martial Arts Class.

17. Take Your Best Friend to the Dog Park. Pendleton King Park has a good one. There is also the Canal Tow Path accessible from Columbia County and Richmond County.

18. Go Hang Out at Le Chat Noir. Visit their website for more info and how to get involved if you like theatre.

19. Attend the Saturday Market Downtown on Riverwalk. There are lots of nice people to meet there.

20. Check out a Free Outdoor Concert at Applebee Branch Library or the Columbia County Library.

21. Take your Kids to the Park!

22. Join a Running Club.

Stuart Rayburn

Stuart Rayburn cultivated an early appreciation of southern culture, history, food, art and architecture growing up in Savannah, Georgia. A graduate of Augusta University, he has been in Augusta since 1988. Stuart lives in West Augusta and owns commercial property in historic downtown Augusta where he produces the Downtown Walking Map for Augusta and Downtown Athens. Stuart is a partner in and The Little Guide Augusta, and he owns a small billboard company. His passions are raising his two boys Will and John Banks, preserving and developing our historic downtown and helping small businesses grow through branding and customer acquisition. If you know of anyone who needs help getting their message out to Augusta, he’s the best!